Mind over matter: Study shows mindset is a larger contributor to academic success than socioeconomic background

Mind over matter: Study shows mindset is a larger contributor to academic success than socioeconomic background
A new study has revealed that mindset matters much more than socioeconomic background when it comes to academic attainment and success in education.
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What do universities use CRM systems for?

What do universities use CRM systems for?
We explore how replacing a legacy IT system can attract more prospective students, simplify the admissions process, increase conversions and promote student retention while engaging with alumni and other key stakeholders.
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Bright Club, the comedy night where academics stand up

Bright Club, the comedy night where academics stand up
Where can you witness a comic explanation of the global recession, an anthropological history of the selfie and an action-packed speculation of how the word ‘sirloin’ originated? Bright Club, that’s where. The 'thinking person's comedy night' puts academics on stage to present material based on their scholarly research. Researchers, graduate students and lecturers from fields as diffuse as cognitive neuroscience, art history and economics share the bill with the UK’s leading comedians, making for a blend of laughs and learning.
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Software for higher education: in-house development vs SaaS

Software for higher education: in-house development vs SaaS
To provide students with the best higher education experience possible, universities across the world are turning to software to manage and optimise their marketing and recruitment processes. In our new ebook, we outline three key questions universities need to answer when deciding whether to build software in-house or opt for an off-the-shelf, software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution.
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My job in higher ed: Jean de Villeneuve, Hult International Business School

My job in higher ed: Jean de Villeneuve, Hult International Business School
Jean is Sr. Director of Career Development and Corporate Relations – Europe and Global Head of Alumni Relations at Hult International Business School. He tells us how he and his team help Hult students transition from study to employment and how the school stays in touch with its diverse and international alumni.
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Automation in the admissions process

Automation in the admissions process
Marketing automation has grown tremendously over the past few years, and it's no longer the reserve of the largest or most technologically innovative companies. Many universities now use marketing automation in their recruitment and admissions process to communicate with their prospects, throughout the whole admissions lifecycle, in a relevant and timely manner. And while the word automation sounds cold and impersonal, automating repetitive, mundane tasks frees up your time so you can focus on building better relationships with your candidates.
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Rob Parker, May 23, 2016

in universities, humour, students

Five of our favourite university traditions

Five of our favourite university traditions
Running naked in public, mass primal screaming and chucking your mates into a lake. It seems every university across the world has some sort of ritualised activity written into its mythology. Something that’s an indelible part of the institution’s culture, but to the uninitiated appears an entirely inexplicable act. At my alma mater Sussex, I joined a crowd of hundreds of other final years students to cheer on our peers as they ran across the campus to meet their dissertation deadline, essays in hand. Read on for more about the Dissertation Dash, as well as four of our other favourite university traditions from across the world.
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How universities can improve student retention

How universities can improve student retention
The university dropout rate for UK domestic students has increased for the first time in four years. According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency, six per cent of first degree entrants aged under 21 who enrolled in 2013-14 did not continue their studies beyond their first year. This follows a series of falls in recent years, keeping the UK’s drop-out rate very high when compared to international standards.
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Why a sense of belonging is important for converting applicants into enrolled students

Why a sense of belonging is important for converting applicants into enrolled students
 Student retention is one of the most pressing issues in higher education today. While much of the discussion centres around ensuring enrolled students don't drop out, many universities are particularly concerned with improving their conversion of applications to enrolments. Higher education institutions are looking for a solution to reduce the amount of admitted applicants who don’t go onto to enrol at the start of the academic year. At the centre of this issue is students’ sense of belonging.
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My job in higher ed: Thuli Skosana, Copenhagen Business School

My job in higher ed: Thuli Skosana, Copenhagen Business School
Thuli tells us what she looks for in MBA applicants, why Scandinavian education is leading the pack and what makes the Danish capital such a student-friendly city.
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